Local News for Monday 24th September 2018

COUNCIL TOPS SKILLS DEVELOPMENT REPORT
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has come out top of the total participation cohort for 16-19 year olds in the 2018 Annual Participation Measure Report released by Skills Development Scotland (SDS).
The Annual Participation Measure Report is used to inform policy, planning and service delivery, and to assess progress in the delivery of Opportunities for all, the Scottish Government’s commitment to offer a place in learning or training to every 16 to 19-year-old in Scotland not in employment, education or training.
For the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar area, the 2018 publication shows an increase in participation rates amongst young people aged 16 to 19 with the proportion of young people in education, training or employment increasing to 97.6% (compared to 91.8% nationally).
Cllr Angus McCormack, Chairman of the Comhairle’s Education, Sport and Children’s Services Committee, said: “This is very welcome and encouraging news. We remain committed to working with the Scottish Government and partner agencies in order to equip our young people with the necessary skills and education to benefit them for their working lives.”

IOLAIRE MEMORIAL PROJECT BOOKLET
A booklet detailing the Iolaire Memorial Project by the Stornoway Amenity Trust in partnership with The Nicolson Institute has been produced.
The booklet details the creation of the Memorial which was erected in Carn Gardens, Stornoway in March. Designed by pupils of The Nicolson Institute, the memorial includes stones collected to represent every man lost in the tragedy almost 100 years ago.
Copies of the booklet will be available in various outlets in due course and is currently available to download online.
The booklet features a foreword by Sandy Matheson and Copies can be requested from Tony Robson, Stornoway Amenity Trust.

Ui CHURCH LECTURE ON MACLEOD CLAN CHIEFS
Urras Eaglais na h-Aoidhe held their annual lecture recently and learned more about the history of the important Ui Church on the Aignish peninsula – including the likelihood that the Sword Stone marks the exact burial spot of the clan chiefs of the Macleods of Lewis.

The lecture, organised by the Ui Church Trust, in point was sponsored by community wind farm charity Point and Sandwick Trust (PST) The wind farm charity donates £300 plus accommodation and travel costs for the speaker.

This year’s Lecturer was Andrew MacLeod who is a descendant of the Macleods of Skye. He is the genealogy co-ordinator of the Associated Clan Macleod Societies and was put in touch with the Ui Church Trust through a mutual friend – a Macleod descendant with Garrabost connections.

The Ui Church on the Aignish peninsula dates back to the 14th Century and was one of the most important medieval churches in the Outer Hebrides. It is also one of the best preserved and there has been consolidation and conservation work to safeguard and protect the church building but its location means it is subject to constant weather damage.